Coming off a season in which fate dealt him a cruel blow, Matt Leinart is starting over again.
Leinart was Palmer's backup at USC in 2002 when Palmer won the Heisman Trophy. After Palmer was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals, Leinart took over for the Trojans and won two national titles and a Heisman of his own.
Last season, Leinart appeared to have his shot at redemption when Matt Schaub went down with a season-ending foot injury in November. Leinart was set up for success on a loaded Houston Texans team, then promptly broke his collarbone in his first start.
Back into the shadows he went, until Tuesday. Leinart wasn't supposed to be a backup journeyman, but that's where he is now. Time will tell if he'll have another chance to alter his legacy.